Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ship of Theseus

They say that the biggest gift we have is always the “Gift of Life”. This is most profound, most endearing and most priceless possession we have because our very existence in this earth is sacred. Hence across ages, cutting across the religious divides and regions there is a very strong belief that it is not just blasphemous, but outright abject to take someone’s life or for that matter one’s own. From the same argument it follows that we should do whatever it takes to preserve ones life and if that means organ donation or a recipient, so be it.
With profound development in medical sciences it has been found that by donating organs a single human being can save upto 50 lives for different ailment. Organ Donation as a concept in India is limited only to Eye or Kidney Donation and that too a very esoteric group of individuals. What we know for sure is that a lot of our bodily organs can be transplanted successfully and can save many many lives.
The movie or shall I say the revelation “Ship of Thesues” – takes this very emotive issue head on and deal with it in a very narrative way through the lives of three different individuals.
Theseus’ ship was repaired, plank-by-plank, to the point where no material from the original remained in the restored craft — a story used by Greek philosopher Plutarch to pose provocative questions about what constitutes authenticity and identity. If you dismantle a ship, plank by plank, and reassemble it, does it remain the same ship? 
Weather it is the same ship or not is for an individual to judge and I believe the audience will be smart and astute enough to come to a defining conclusion or atleast make an attempt to arrive at a conclusion.

We from the “ Rotary Club of Siliguri Green” profusely thank Mr. Gandhi, UTV, the film distributors and producers to have given us an opportunity to portray this cinematic experience to the people of siliguri. Also the funds generated from this would be used for our social project “Siksha”. We also request the people from this region to support the cause by coming in droves to watch this film and we are sure that for atleast some of them this movie would prove to be a life changing experience.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Quoting from a friend

99% in life is fail ...

and you'll find most people stuck on to college days where passing marks is 40%.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

the cube

There's a certain happiness in solving the cube... u know the good old rubik's cube ....Six faces with as many hues.

My cube is weathered now, the colour stickers on the faces have begun to peel off from the edges ......the movement of layers not as smooth as it used to be..... countless iterations showing signs of age......but it sits smiling with all faces uniformly in order ...... Solved.

I guess thats how life presents itself ,u weather countless rounds of trials, moving around chaotic scenarios, trying tobalance out important parts, trying to solve. Its frustrating when u don't seem to find a way , coming back again and again to where you started, unable to surmount previously encountered diffculties ....sometimes u get the temptation of moving the stickers when no ones looking.....

It takes me four & quarter mins to solve my cube now, from any combination there on. But am quite far from solving the puzzle of life... no way near .. perhaps the nearest star from earth is closer than what I am to finding the solution. But what gives me confidence is that I've met and read about few individuals who are solved . Good thing I seem to gather is that , even when u've messed it up , you can start over and still place the faces the way they ought to be .

I will continue to shift planes , move edges, hoping to find the right algorithm...wanting to be solved.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Festivity in true Spirit

Today in India begins the season of festivity and joy, with the arrival of most auspicious days in Hindu calendar the Navratras which means nine auspicious days starts the festive season which would eventually end by 20th of next month. This is the season of festivity, joy and most importantly the symbolic win of good over evil.

With the onset of navratra the first of the slew of festivity starts with Durga Puja, (reverence to goddess Durga). As we celebrate this event at home I happen to intently listen a prayer chanted quite often in goddess Durga’s reverence and I realized that the importance that the our culture gives to the female is immense even to the extent that the prowess of female overpowers any force in the universe.

Devi or the divine feminine is an equal or more then the counterpart to the divine masculine, and hence manifests herself as the Trinity herself - the Creator (Durga or the Divine Mother), Preserver (Lakshmi, Parvati & Saraswati) and Destroyer (Mahishasura-Mardini, Kali & Smashanakali ).

In the contemporary times though, the whole idea of female aspect has taken a shift and today viewed in a complete travesty of what it was traditionally. Too much adaptation of the western ways, a consumerism lifestyle devoid of means to achieve the end is what I believe has led to the shift.

The process of metamorphism has worked wonders for us and much can be attributed to this influence that has ultimately led to the eradication of Caste System, Sati and other negatives from our society but in the osmosis process of cultural exchange we have to be careful to weed out the negative influences.

As Mahatma Gandhi had once said “I have worshipped woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice” let the spirit of Durga Puja (worship) once again rekindle this emotion among all.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Events happen everyday in our lives, some are significant, some passes by; without leaving much flutter, and some go completely unnoticed. Every event though is of relevance and some seemingly insignificant event leave a huge impact in our lives so much so that it has the power to completely transform or mutilate it.

Some action somewhere at some point of time in some unnoticed by lane of a labyrinthine road network in some discreet town and lo the repercussion may come from the most unexpected quarters. That’s life they say.

For me one such event, of huge relevance though happened and I guess it has changed my live in more then one way and yes the event was expected but the enormity of it took me by complete surprise. I became the member of the fatherhood fertinety and for me it was a momentous feeling.

I know this event is witnessed by all and each of us will have his own reason to rejoice or revile but for me it was something like a divine gift as if on a completely overcast day a small patch of cloud opens up and the only ray that comes out, falls on you.

This happened more then a month back and my last few days have been spent on God knows what, and all I could recall is that the time seems like ethereal, just when I thought I have enough of it, little did I realize that it just disappeared. I felt different and it takes time for this to sink in, and this explains why I have been absent from bogging for last so many days.

I am sure this event will leave me more positive, more responsible, more enthusiastic and a more pragmatic view of life. This also means that I should continue blogging because this is one habit that I don’t intend to give up on easily.

Would also like to thank everyone for their wishes and to the readers of our blog for staying put.